NYT ‘Strands’ tips, spangrams and answers for Wednesday, May 22

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It’s Wednesday, which means we’re halfway through the week, unless it’s morning, which would be 2/5ths instead. But pass the time with a new Strands puzzle featuring the word that tripped me up the most while playing.

How to play strands

The New York Times’ Strands puzzle is a game with the classic word search. It’s currently in beta, meaning it will only survive if enough people play it every day.

There’s a new game of it Strands play every day. The game presents you with a grid of six by eight letters. The goal is to find a group of words that have something in common, and you’ll get an idea of ​​what that theme is. When you find a theme word, it will remain highlighted in blue.

You will also need to find a special word called a spangram. This tells you what the words have in common. The spangram connects two opposite sides of the board. Although the theme words are not a proper noun, the spangram can be a proper noun. When you find the spangram, it will remain highlighted in yellow.

Each letter is used once in one of the theme words and spangram. You can connect letters vertically, horizontally and diagonally, and it is possible to switch directions in the middle of a word. If you’re playing on a touchscreen, double-tap the last letter to submit your guess.

If you find three valid words of at least four letters that are not part of the theme, you will unlock the Hint button. Clicking on this will highlight the letters that make up one of the theme words.

Be warned: you need to be alert. Sometimes you have to fill in the missing words in a sentence. On other days the game may revolve around synonyms or homophones. The difficulty varies from day to day and the puzzle makers will sometimes try to surprise you.

What’s today’s Strands hint?

We’ll start with the official NYT hint for today and then I’ll make my own. The theme here is not the most difficult one this time:

Self-grown

And my tip:

Spices

That should definitely get you on the right track, I think.

What are today’s answers?

Scroll slowly! This is where the spoilers begin, first with the spangram and then with the full list of words that make up the rest of the puzzle. The spangram is:

HERB GARDEN

And this is how it fits on the board:

Here are the rest of the answers:

BASIL

ROSEMARY

PARSLEY

SENSIBLE

THYME

CORIANDER

Ok first things first….what is CORIANDER??? I’ve never been so stupid about a word. I googled herbs, I tried to use a letter unscrambler, I almost asked my Twitter followers. My cooking expert colleague Erik had to inform me, but I have honestly never heard of this in my life, which caused a huge problem. By far the most stumped I’ve ever been at a single word in a puzzle like this.

In case you don’t know, coriander is:

“The seeds that come from the plant Coriandrum sativum. Outside the US, coriander refers to the leaves and stems of the plant Coriandrum sativum, and the seeds are called coriander seeds. Coriander seeds are round with a beige color and a sweet-spicy flavor profile. Coriander seeds can be purchased whole or ground and are often used in brines and in many Indian cuisines.”

So yes, the more you know. The rest was easy, I’m not a total idiot, I know what SAGE and THYME are. But yeah, that was a tough one.

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